Chepelare is a beautiful mountain town, lying in a small valley at the heart of the Rhodopi Mountain, just 10 km from Pamporovo. The ski runs vary in difficulty from black to green and the longest ski run in Bulgaria is in Chepelare. High-speed quad lift connects the town with the Mechi Chal peak. A few smaller drag lifts are also in favour of the skiers on the slopes. Chepelare is a small ski resort, so the average prices of the hotels and the ski services are lower compared to Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo.
Chepelare occupies a small valley at the heart of the Rodoppi Mountain. The beautiful Chepelare River passes through the pretty town. Chepelare is 222 kilometers away from Sofia and just 72 kilometers sought of Plovdiv. The Pamporovo resort is just 10 kilometers away. Chepelare is a beautiful mountain town and the nature that surrounds it – venerable fir trees, mountain springs green meadows (in the spring) and deep snow slopes in the winter makes it a place for complete and thorough relax. The longest ski run in Bulgaria is in Chepelare.
A brand new modern hisgh speed quad lift with a capacity of 2000 per hour, connects the town of Chepelare with the Mechi Chal peak in just 9 minutes, at a 2700 meters distance. A few smaller drag/towrope lifts are also in favour of the skiers. The ski runs are open from December usually through to April depending on the snow. The resort also offers a lighted piste for children and beginners right in the center of the town.
Chepelare mountain rescue service: (+359) 309 58336; (+359) 1475;
Prices: In general they depend on the season, but the average prices are lower compared to Borovets and Pamporovo. The urbanization has not reached this resort as much like the biggest resorts, so if you are looking for a pure nature and skiing for less money that's your resort.
How to reach Chepelare
The international road E71 Assenovgrad-Smolyan or Devin-Smolian are the main roads to Chepelare. The resort is located just 5 km south of Pamporovo.
A checkpoint at the border with Greece is opened near Zlatograd town. Chepelare is the nearest ski resort-town to Istanbul City and to north-east Greece.
Chepelare ski slopes
Sport centre Chepelare offers over 20 km ski slopes and ski roads. All ski slopes are modernized and marked according to the European standards.
One of the main slopes in the ski centre is 3250 m long and is “Red” - suitable for intermediate skiers. It offers the most modern snow making system in Bulgaroa. 47 sno cannons can provide artificial snow for just 100 hours when temperatures are below -3 decrees C.
Guests of the resort can also enjoy skiing on a 6 km long green slope, as well as several shorter slopes of different difficulty.
The whole ski centre offers free wireless Internet connection.
|Ski run||Difficulty||Length [m]||Inclination [m]|
|7||Difficult ski run||785||370|
Many small privately owned hotels are available in Chepelare. During the winter the resort and the hotels are quite busy and a booking is required. Most of the hotels are 2 or 3 stars and you can see some of them in the left table of this page. Most of the hotels have restaurants where guests can order breakfast or dinner. Ski rentals are available at the hotels too.
- Borika hotel is located on a hill in Chepelare, only a kilometer away from the ski runs of Mechi Chal. The hotel offers sport, spa and conference facilities, bars and...
- Guest house Rhodope Nook is located on the border between urban life and the pine forest. It is 1139 meters above sea level, with incredible panoramic views of the...
Places to go while in Chepelare
If you have decided to travel to the heart of the Rhodope Mountain, prepare yourself to be enchanted by the magic impact of its unique beauty.
Approximately one hour trip from Plovdiv, along the upper float of the Chepelarska River, Chepelare town is huddled at the foot of the mountain. The town is situated 1150 m above the sea level and it is the highest town in Bulgaria Chepelare is just 80 km away from Plovdiv, 230 km away from Sofia and 22 km north of Smolyan.
The town boasts with traditions and history in the ski sports in Bulgaria. The first ski school in Chepelare was found in 1954. Many of its students reached top positions in the ski disciplines in Bulgaria.
In 1969 a sport school for alpine skiing and cross country disciplines was found in the town. Famous skiers like Mitko Hadjiev, Borislav Kiriakov, Irin Pashliev and Ekaterina Dafovska graduated the school.
Since 1975 a factory for skies functions in Chepelare. In 2008 it was bought by AmerSports and is now producing first class ski equipment.
Chepelare is a remarkable ethnographic and folklore reserve. It has preserved the unique Rhodopi architecture (Uzunov’s House and Stoyu Shishkov’s House).
There are two magnificent Eastern Orthodox temples in Chepelare. One is dedicated to St. Anastasius and was built in 1835. The other was constructed in 1866, two years afterwards a two-storey building was constructed to host a school.
The town also features the only operational Rhodopi Karst Museum operational in Europe, which presents the beauty of caves and cave exhibits preserved from the dawn of mankind.
The ski and ski sport museum is a large museum collection. It is hosted by the largest municipal public reading hall called Rhodopi Spark.
During the spring Chepelare completely transforms its outlook. It becomes a quiet and calm mountain town offering numerous opportunities for active mountain tourism.
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